Performance Metrics - II

In this section, we mainly look at benchmark modes in programs used on a day-to-day basis, i.e, application performance and not synthetic workloads.

x264 Benchmark

First off, we have some video encoding benchmarks courtesy of x264 HD Benchmark v5.0. This is simply a test of CPU performance. Here, we find the second pass results track the theoretical capabilities. The first pass, however, puts the Bay Trail Celeron N2808, the Braswell Celeron N3000 and N3050 approximately in the same ballpark (between 9.75 and 10fps).

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 1

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 2

7-Zip

7-Zip is a very effective and efficient compression program, often beating out OpenCL accelerated commercial programs in benchmarks even while using just the CPU power. 7-Zip has a benchmarking program that provides tons of details regarding the underlying CPU's efficiency. In this subsection, we are interested in the compression and decompression MIPS ratings when utilizing all the available threads.

7-Zip LZMA Compression Benchmark

7-Zip LZMA Decompression Benchmark

TrueCrypt

As businesses (and even home consumers) become more security conscious, the importance of encryption can't be overstated. CPUs supporting the AES-NI instruction for accelerating the encryption and decryption processes have, till now, been the higher end SKUs. However, with Bay Trail, even the lowly Atom series has gained support for AES-NI. The Celeron N3050 in the LIVA x2 does have AES-NI support. TrueCrypt, a popular open-source disk encryption program can take advantage of the AES-NI capabilities. Even though TrueCrypt is no longer under development, its internal benchmark provides some interesting cryptography-related numbers to ponder. In the graph below, we can get an idea of how fast a TrueCrypt volume would behave in the ECS LIVA x2 and how it would compare with other select PCs. This is a purely CPU feature / clock speed based test.

TrueCrypt Benchmark

Agisoft Photoscan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a commercial program that converts 2D images into 3D point maps, meshes and textures. The program designers sent us a command line version in order to evaluate the efficiency of various systems that go under our review scanner. The command line version has two benchmark modes, one using the CPU and the other using both the CPU and GPU (via OpenCL). The benchmark takes around 50 photographs and does four stages of computation:

  • Stage 1: Align Photographs
  • Stage 2: Build Point Cloud (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 3: Build Mesh
  • Stage 4: Build Textures

We record the time taken for each stage. Since various elements of the software are single threaded, others multithreaded, and some use GPUs, it is interesting to record the effects of CPU generations, speeds, number of cores, DRAM parameters and the GPU using this software.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 1

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 2

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 3

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 4

Dolphin Emulator

Wrapping up our application benchmark numbers is the Dolphin Emulator benchmark mode results. This is again a test of the CPU capabilities, and the ECS LIVA x2 is matched closely only by the LIVA X. As expected from the clock speeds, the LIVA x2 performs better than the Beebox.

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Networking and Storage Performance
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  • T1beriu - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    Windows Image Viewer has a function that can rotate the image and auto-saves it after rotation. Reply
  • ganeshts - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    :) I do know that, but, then, the FLIR logo as well as the temperature reading are going to be upside down. Wanted to give importance to the temperature reading in particular, and so, the upside down picture remains. Reply
  • bug77 - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    Why would anyone waste the precious little space on this tiny box on a D-Sub connector? Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    I assume because it's cheap and cheap monitors only have VGA ports. Reply
  • bug77 - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    True, but you have to look really hard to find a monitor that only has analog VGA and doesn't have at least a DVI connector (and you can convert from HDMI to DVI).
    Maybe if they left D-Sub out and shaved a few bucks off the price that would have been a better choice.
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  • DanNeely - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    A lot of these type of computers are being used not for new installations; but to replace older ones in existing installs where they need to plug into the existing (typically VGA) setup. The displays (especially customer facing ones) in a lot of point of sale setups are physically integrated into the rest of the checkout/conveyer belt/etc setup and much harder and more expensive to replace than just getting a $100 bottom end display from your local computer boxmart. Reply
  • xenol - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    Still feel like they should throw in DVI with a DVI to VGA cable, unless there's a driving reason to stick with VGA beyond connecting to older equipment. Reply
  • colinstu - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    You also have to look really hard at those monitors you're talking about if they actually come with a DVI cable. They usually only come with VGA included. Reply
  • Uplink10 - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    Not true, why does AsRock Beebox then have DP, HDMI ports even though it has very good and low price? Are you trying to tell tha monitors with a low price have only VGA ports? You are wrong. Reply
  • V900 - Monday, August 24, 2015 - link

    Because it's still a universal standard? And because it offers some advantages over HDMI & co.

    No HDCP getting in the way for example...
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